Many players have been barred from playing football because of their disrespect for others or other embarrassing behavior.
The top players who were banned and the reason for their ban are listed below.
- David Layne
David Layne was given an 8-year lifetime ban for his involvement in the betting and match rigging scam.
- Joey Barton
Joey Burton was given a one-and-a-half-year suspension after admitting to a charge of betting by the Football Association. This was one of the most prolonged bans since the 1960s.
- Diego Maradona
Maradona was one of the greatest soccer players of all time during his time.
However, Maradona was once banned for 15 months for failing a drug test. The playmaker died in 2020, but he is still remembered by football fans.
- Luiz Suarez
After biting Giorgio Chiellini during the 2014 World Cup, Suarez received a four-month suspension. Before joining Atletico Madrid last summer, he had scored roughly 150 goals for Barcelona.
- Evra Patrice
After striking a spectator during a UEFA competition warm-up game, Evra was given a seven-month suspension from football.
After exchanging some strong words with one supporter, Evra was believed to have lost his cool.
- Eric Cantona
During his time with the Red Devils, Cantona became a Manchester United legend. Cantona, like Patrice Evra, was given a nine-month suspension for striking a fan. During his time with the United, Cantona scored 131 goals.